America defence department confirmed an American soldier died in Afghanistan on Saturday.
The Department of Defense says Sgt. Maj. James G. Sartor was from Teague, Texas, which is about an hour outside of Waco.
According to authorities, he died from injuries from enemy small arms fire in the Faryab Province. The Taliban is claiming responsibility for the attack.
Sartor was 40 years old. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group out of Fort Carson.
He joined the Army in June 2001 and was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division as an infantryman. He completed the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2005.
He deployed to Iraq as an infantryman in 2002, and as a Green Beret, was assigned to the 2nd Battalion in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. He also deployed to Afghanistan in 2017 and 2019.
“We’re incredibly saddened to learn of Sgt. Maj. James ‘Ryan’ Sartor’s passing in Afghanistan. Ryan was a beloved warrior who epitomized the quiet professional,” said commander of 10th Special Forces Group Col. Brian R. Rauen. “He led his soldiers from the front and his presence will be terribly missed.”
Sartor had earned several awards and decorations.
His posthumous awards include the Purple Heart Medal and Bronze Star Medal.